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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 September 2004

Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 7 September 2004


·        Frank Horton Dies

·        Manufacturing Challenges

·        Poverty Data

·        Winter Fuels Briefing

·        Great Lakes Monitoring

·        Great Lakes Water Quality


Frank Horton, a founder of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, died on Monday, 30 August, after having suffered a massive stroke.  Rep. Horton also was a member of the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Board of Directors, dean of the New York delegation, and member of Congress from Rochester for 30 years.  His humor, good cheer, and political astuteness will be missed. 


Rep. Horton’s burial at Arlington Cemetery will be on 29 September.  A short news report on Frank’s death and life can be viewed by clicking on WOKR 13 Video Viewer

The Northeast-Midwest Institute has released Advancing U.S. Manufacturing: Challenges Facing Small Manufacturers. The report reviews the challenges facing small manufacturers, and it includes information from a variety of briefings, forums, and reports, particularly those related to public policy affecting the manufacturing sector.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Institute (202/464-4009).

The Northeast-Midwest Institute web site now includes state-level data through 2003 for poverty rates (http://www.nemw.org/poverty.htm) and median household income (http://www.nemw.org/income.htm).  The tables show data for three-year averages, which are the best numbers for comparing the level for one state to another and for comparing state changes over time.   

The Energy Information Administration is forecasting that heating costs will increase again this winter. Compared to average heating costs from 1998 to 2000, expenditures this winter are expected to be 55 percent higher for natural gas; 45 percent higher for heating oil; and 41 percent higher for propane.  Heating a home with natural gas will cost an average of $1,049 this winter; heating with oil will cost $1,094; and, heating with propane will cost $1,361.  Speaking at the September 10 briefing, which will begin at 10:00 am in 418 Russell Senate Office Building, will be John Felmy, chief economist and director of the American Petroleum Institute’s Statistics Department.



A briefing on Friday, September 10, will focus on integrated monitoring for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system.  Continual assessment of the status and trends in coastal environments permits identification of things that may signal changes in the ecosystem as well as to put current trends into an historical framework. Panelists – representing the Great Lakes Commission, International Joint Commission, and Great Lakes Shipping Association -- will explain the need for an integrated monitoring system and how the monitoring system would operate.  The September 10 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.





The International Joint Commission (IJC) on Tuesday, September 14, will brief the Great Lakes Task Forces on its 12th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality.  The IJC is release its report to the public the following day.  For the last 24 years, the IJC has reported on the progress being made towards the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which seeks to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes.  The September 14 briefing will begin at 3:30 pm in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.